Casey and Basma Notch Tallies as Women's Soccer Nips Coast Guard to Secure Fifth Seed

Team - WPI Women's Soccer 2021

WORCESTER -- The game-deciding goal from senior Ranya Basma (Shirley, MA) in the 77th minute of play boosted the WPI women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Coast Guard on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  

The goal was the fifth of the season for Basma and third of the game-winning variety.  

The Engineers (11-5-2, 5-3-2 NEWMAC) have wrapped up the regular season and will be back on the pitch when they take part in the NEWMAC Quarterfinals on Tuesday. As the No. 5 seed, WPI will face No. 4 Babson on the road.  Check back at athletics.wpi.edu for the time of opening kick.  

Coast Guard (5-11, 3-7) came out firing early in the first half, but a pair of shots through the first six minutes were both stopped by WPI goalkeeper Lauren Paul (Schaghticoke, NY). WPI immediately took over the offense. After firing off six shots over the next 15 minutes, Grace Casey (Winchester, MA) got the scoring going midway through the first half.  

A steal at midfield by the WPI defense and a long pass to Caitlin Bonavita (Wilbraham, MA) started things off. Bonavita accepted the pass and dished a pass across the field to a streaking Casey, who took one stepped a ripped a shot from 20 yards out across to the bottom right corner of the net in front of a diving Coast Guard goalkeeper in Hope Drake-Duval (Loudon, NH) for the 1-0 lead in the 21st minute of action.  

The goal was the fifth of the season for Casey while Bonavita picked up her third helper of 2021.  

Once again the WPI defense helped to set up another Engineer goal. After stalling the Coast Guard attack a long pass found the foot of Basma who deked a defender and sent a shot to the lower left corner of the goal to give WPI a 2-0 cushion in the 77th minute of action.  

The goal would turn out to be the game-winner as Coast Guard was able to get one back a few minutes later when Brielle Pearce (Jupiter, FL) took a free kick from 28 yards out and sent it into the back of the net to make a 2-1 ballgame, but that was as close as the Bears would get as the Engineers finished with the 2-1 victory.  

Paul stopped six of the seven shots that came her way on the afternoon while Drake-Duval made five saves and allowed the two goals on the day. WPI finished with 15 shots to the Bears' nine, while both teams made eight shots on goal.  WPI was held without a corner kick on the afternoon, while Coast Guard finished with two.